To be honest guys, if I was run the Essendon Football club and some clairvoyant said to me " If you sign Zac Clarke to a 10 year deal at a million a season, youll win a flag in the next two years " I would do it in a heartbeat.
People suggesting Tom Boyd only ever played one good game seem to forget the performance he had in the 2016 preliminary final. He was huge in that game too and the Bulldogs would have been beaten by the Giants if not for him.
He played one ripper game with GWS - was it against Hawthorn IIRC? Played a few other good ones and was (health issues aside) a very promising player.
People forget the GWS prelim because they are obsessed with stats and what he did in that game doesn't show much on the stat-o-meter. You are right they probably would have lost had he not negated Mumford who could have torn them apart.
What a lot of rubbish, he was a contracted player who has not fulfilled the length of his contract. That ridiculous uncommercial deal was used to prize him out of a fledgling club. The discussions on that deal were going on for months before that trade period. They got their man, he got them a flag but now he’s gone. Tough titties, pay the price.
Every other club who operates under the same salary cap. This was the most talked about contract in years. A kid who had played 1 season being offered a million bucks a year and demanding a trade mid contract. You make a dud investment, you have to cop the loss.
Why? Maybe it was the size and length of the contract and the expectations that, that brought with it, that triggered everything. Who knows? Maybe nothing to do with footy at all.
As a Geelong supporter with a soft spot for the Dogs, I was 48 in 2016. Up until then, I had never seen them even play in the gf let alone win one. He was a massive part of that finals campaign, I don't think they get there and win it without him.
Ask a Dog's fan if they are happy with his output for his time with them.
He may not have been a star player, but he was a premiership star in every sense for me.
I would not be over the moon but it’s happened before and is part of the risk.
Make no mistake the reason Tom Boyd demanded the release from his contract was because of the magnitude of the deal. Even if the Dogs has that against their cap for the next two years it would still be a magnificent deal for them. He has paid his way 10 times over with that gf performance but the AFL do need to be strong and consistent. A settlement has taken place, he hasn’t gone for nothing.
We're desperate for KPPs and there was a rumour we're chasing a Carlton tall: We have cap space (even more now) and first rounders to put on the table (we will certainly trade out our 2020 first rounder as we have two NGA kids and a FS to take).
Can somebody quote me the rule where it says FA contracts cant be torn up yet trade contracts can? If Pickering is the only quote going around I think I'll wait for official comment from HQ. Expect Caro tee off on this one, IIRC she called it the worst trade in history at the time.
I’m sure the Bulldogs are sympathetic towards him - especially as without him they wouldn’t haven’t won the flag in 2016, but having him retire does open up a huge chunk of salary space and Naughton’s quick rise and reinvention as a forward has effectively made him redundant anyway.
Tippett was a PSD pick but as far as contracts go, both the player and the club need to come to an agreement for termination.
I believe Joel Patfull was rookied for a year at the Giants so they could fulfil their contract terms as well.
AFL player contracts are always having their terms changed based on clubs finding advantages.
Ball cleverly put a $500k price tag on his head when he went into the draft so only Collingwood could draft him, then went to base salary the following season before the AFL closed that loophole as well.
I think you and a few others can't understand that in today's footy 3 goals is not far off 10 goals, not to mention that Boyd's contested marks turned the game on its head when it was there to be won, everyone is entitled to their opinion but unfortunately for you yours is wrong.
He was arguably BOG for a premiership winning team, that is way more than what 99% of players would ever achieve. Can leave the game with his head held high and find something else that gives him meaning.